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3 Summer Looks with Beyond Retro ~ Part 3

            
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Part 3 of our series for vintage mega brand Beyond Retro sees us wearing what we know best and probably love the most ~ crochet and lace!  We teamed these pretty dresses with colourful belts and neutral shoes to tie it all into a pretty pastel palette. With one slightly more tailored shape and one more girly, these looks pretty much sum us up in one fell swoop (or 2 cute dresses) and go to show that once you find a great vintage dress all you need is a few tan accessories and touch of jewellery and you are all set, from Summer garden party, wedding or the races.

Oh, maybe our missing final touch to this look would be a little glass of Pimms, well, it is Summer after all.

Don’t forgot to enter BELLEBUNTY10 as you check out on www.beyondretro.com until July 8th 2015 for 10% off everything online. Get shopping!

Alice wears Dress Beyond Retro, Shoes Vince Camuto, Belt by Mulberry, Sunglasses Accesorize (similar here), Gold Bangles by Kate Spade, Pendant by Thought Blossoms, Leather Bracelet by Aurora London, Signet ring by Sophie Breitmeyer, Watch by Michael Kors.

Hannah wears Dress and Belt Beyond Retro, Shoes Asos, Sunglasses Topshop (similar here), Leather Bracelet by Aurora London, Gold Hoop Earrings by Accessorize, Gold watch by Michael Kors.

All our Beyond Retro series of blog posts were shot at Kenwood House, London

3 Summer Looks with Beyond Retro ~ Part 2

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Part 2 of our How to Wear Vintage series with Beyond Retro features 2 of our favourite things- washed, worn denim and playsuits.

We both have denim in lots of varieties in our wardrobes, in particular *those* dungerees, alongside well worn Levi 501 {ex}boyfriend jeans, much loved high waisted skinnies and short {but not too short} shorts. So this cute little playsuit really caught our eye, with it’s perfect mid blue, worn wash, boxy shape made a little cheeky with the centre front zip and on trend 70s pockets. The button through mini dress also has a retro vibe that we love, especially paired with a ringer Tee for that Love Story look that would make Ali Macgraw happy. Then throw on a coupla pairs of Cons and you have 2 easy, breezy vintage Summer outfits!

Now who’s for a game of baseball…..

Don’t forgot to enter BELLEBUNTY10 as you check out on www.beyondretro.com until July 8th 2015 for 10% off everything online. Yay!

Alice wears Playsuit by Beyond Retro, Sunglasses by New Look, Green Birthstone Bracelet & Leather Bracelet by Aurora London, Shoes by Converse, Gold Bangles by Kate Spade, Pendant by Thought Blossoms, Signet ring by Sophie Breitmeyer, Watch by Michael Kors.

Hannah wears Dress by Beyond Retro, Ringer T Shirt by asos, Sunglasses by Rayban, Necklace by Thought Blossoms, Shoes by Converse, Leather Bracelet by Aurora London, Gold Hoop Earrings by Accessorize, Gold watch by Michael Kors.

3 Summer Looks with Beyond Retro ~ Part 1

Summer is all about being brave with your clothes right? Right?! A little sunshine, a touch of a tan, throw on a couple of vintage stand out pieces and some statement jewellery and you’re good to go, we say. Read on to find out more about these 2 printed lovelies and the special treat we have in store for you!

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Recently we have had a love/hate relationship with the term “vintage“. It seems like any old {read: new} thing gets slapped with the term in the idea that all of a sudden it makes it desirable. In the bridal industry in particular it has been such an over used term lately that we have decided to ban it!

That being said, this is a bit heart breaking when you really are lovers of good old stuff like us! Both being big fans of raiding our mother’s wardrobes for much-loved 1970s pieces, we make bee lines at car boot sales for the stall manned by old ladies as we know they’ll have great things {is that just us? Please say it isn’t so} as well as loving a good rifle through rails and rails at a vintage store in search of the perfect unique purchase.

With the vintage term being SO overused, Retro is the way forward, we say.

So to our delight we have teamed up with super, mega vintage brand Beyond Retro {thank god it wasn’t called Beyond Vintage, huh?!} to bring you 3 of our favourite ways to wear vintage this summer. With stores in London and Brighton, aswell as Sweden, and a great array available online too, we are sure you ‘ll be able to find your perfect piece. What’s more the lovely people there have also given us a cheeky little discount code for you, so if you are, ahem, a vintage lover like us then BINGO heres 10% off!

Enter BELLEBUNTY10 as you check out on www.beyondretro.com  until July 8th 2015 for 10% off everything online.

You’re Welcome.

Alice wears Jumpsuit by Beyond Retro, Sunglasses by H&M, Leather Bracelet by Aurora London, Shoes by Office, Necklace Vintage, Pendant by Thought Blossoms

Hannah wears Dress by Beyond Retro, Sunglasses by Rayban, Necklace by asos, Shoes by asos, Leather Bracelet by Aurora London, Gold Hoop Earrings by Accessorize.

 

Our Summer Shopping Wishlists

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Belle ~

1: Tabitha Simmons at Net-a-Porter 2: Sophie Breitmeyer  3: Cutler & Gross at Net-a-Porter 4: One Teaspoon  5: Jimmy Choo 6: Chloé

Bunty ~

1: Alex Monroe 2: Isabel Marant at Selfridges 3: Chloé at Selfridges 4: Aquazurra at Matches 5: Zoe & Morgan 6: Chloé at Net-a-Porter

DIY Fresh Floral Crowns & Rings

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You may or may not know that recently we were invited on a trip to Tuscany by event planners Italian Eye as part of their Kaleidotour, a 4 day tour of Tuscany showcasing their planning skills to the max with beautiful food, settings and events, plus a photoshoot on the final day featuring our dresses {more of that later}

As well as eating lots of amazing food including breakfasts each day by the infamous Instagram foodies Symmetry Breakfast and being cooked for by michelin starred chef Mauro Quirini , drinking waaaaaaay too much wine {a little glass at lunch is like, SO civilised} and seeing a whole host of beautiful venues, one of our highlights had to be the fresh flower crown and ring making workshop, held by the uber cool florist Jardin Divers.

If you follow us on Instagram you would have seen a few snaps of us with our crowns and floral rings, including these pics above, and as you all seemed to like what you saw we thought we’d share a little step by step guide to make your own! Now when we say this was fun we mean fun with a capital FUH and also SO easy to do. Not to mention the infinite amount of photo opportunities they bring which Instagram will love you for. So if you fancy making your own ring or crown, here’s a little photo tutorial and if you do make your own then do please let us know by tagging us into your Insta photos.

Now go get those creative juices flowing…..

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Step by Step Guide:

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Step 1: Create your crown base out of bendy vines and tape together

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Step 2: Grab a bunch of the prettiest blooms you can find

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Step 3: Use tape or wire to attach your flowers

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Step 4: Layer up your chosen flowers until you have the desired amount of coverage around your crown

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Step 5: Add greenery around your crown to cover your base until TA-DA your very own floral crown!

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Floral Rings: We don’t know about you but we hadn’t seen this idea before and thought it was SO cute! Just create a little round base out of card and florist tape and attach a loop to fit around your finger. Then simply glue on greenery and flowers to create your very own fresh flower ring!

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Here’s us wearing our crowns along with the ever so lovely Annabel from Love My Dress and cute Bri from Design Love Fest {thanks Bri for the pics!}

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With big thanks to event planners Italian Eye for organising this workshop on their Kaleidotour Tuscany Trip and Jardin Divers for teaching us. All shot at Villa La Selva Giardino del Belvedere

To see more of the trip follow the Instagram hashtag #kaleidotour and our Instagram account ~ belleandbunty.

PS. don’t forget to tag us in your photos of your own crowns and rings!